Linebacker Matt Wilhelm was the latest to receive the axe from the Chargers organization today. A 3rd round pick in 2003, he was only earning a base salary of $2 million (only?) which was expected to increase to $2.5 million in 2010 and $3 million in 2011. Wilhelm is now an unrestricted agent.
Instead, San Diego signed 6’3″, 331lb, Canadian lineman Vaughn Martin to a 4-year deal. The Western Mustang was taken 113th overall in the NFL entry draft, being the first Canadian underclassman drafted to an NFL team.
Rookie RB Curtis Brinkley, who was shot earlier this year and will not play this season, has been placed on the non-football injury list for the season. The Chargers are not obligated to pay his salary as was the case when Steve Foley was similarly injured. Luckily, Brinkley’s injuries are not life-threatening. To replace him for this season, San Diego signed another undrafted rookie Kestahn Moore, who spent some time with the Donkeys, er Broncos, before being released.
(Sources: Canadian Press, Bolts from the Blue)